Blackbirds and Thrushes (I)
DESCRIPTION: Young man meets young woman; she laments her Jimmy, who is off to the wars. She fears he will be killed, but when he returns, he finds her dead instead. He regrets having left.
EARLIEST DATE: 1916
KEYWORDS: love separation death soldier
FOUND IN: Britain(England)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Sharp-100E 36, "Blackbirds and Thrushes" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "Cowboy Jack" [Laws B24] (plot)
cf. "C'est la Belle Francoise (Beautiful Francesca)" (plot)
cf. "The Lass of Roch Royal" [Child 76] (theme)
cf. "John (George) Riley (I)" [Laws N36] and references there (theme)
cf. "Ball of Yarn"
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